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 Augmented Reality Gets to Work—and Gets Past the 'Glassholes'
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Augmented Reality Gets to Work—and Gets Past the 'Glassholes'

Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that has been on the cusp of becoming the next big thing for over 20 years.

Why Kevin Mitnick, the World's Most Notorious Hacker, Is Still Breaking Into Computers
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Why Kevin Mitnick, the World's Most Notorious Hacker, Is Still Breaking Into Computers

Look no further than Kevin Mitnick's business card to see how some things never change.

New Stanford Manufacturing Process Could Yield Better Solar Cells, Faster Chips
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New Stanford Manufacturing Process Could Yield Better Solar Cells, Faster Chips

Stanford University researchers have developed a manufacturing process that could significantly reduce the cost of producing gallium arsenide devices. 

Cooperative Software Framework Helps Tame 'Too Big' Data
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Cooperative Software Framework Helps Tame 'Too Big' Data

Researchers have used a multilayer software framework for querying graph databases to customize distributed-memory high-performance computing clusters.

IARPA Preps Insider Threat-Monitoring Projects
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IARPA Preps Insider Threat-Monitoring Projects

The U.S. intelligence community wants to develop insider threat-monitoring systems and new techniques for predicting cyberattacks. 

Self-Powered Sensors That Communicate Could Warn of Bridge, Building Defects
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Self-Powered Sensors That Communicate Could Warn of Bridge, Building Defects

Researchers are developing technology that would enable a bridge, dam, or building to sense a defect and alert officials before something bad occurs. 

One Thousand Genes You Could Live Without
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One Thousand Genes You Could Live Without

Researchers have unveiled the largest ever set of full genomes from a single population: Iceland.

Computer Science Surge Sparks Campus Building Boom
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Computer Science Surge Sparks Campus Building Boom

Colleges and universities across the U.S. have been building new facilities to keep up with expanding science, technology, engineering, and math programs. 

Machine Consciousness: Big Data Analytics and the Internet of Things
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Machine Consciousness: Big Data Analytics and the Internet of Things

During my visit to General Electric's Global Research Centers in San Ramon, California, and Niskayuna, New York, last month, I got what amounts to an end-to-end...

Curiosity Rover Finds Biologically Useful Nitrogen on Mars
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Curiosity Rover Finds Biologically Useful Nitrogen on Mars

A team using the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite aboard NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first detection of nitrogen on the surface of Mars from...

Five Medieval Alternatives to Sat Nav
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Five Medieval Alternatives to Sat Nav

During the Middle Ages, the Vikings set sail in longships to raid faraway settlements and plunder their riches, but how did they find their way?

Extreme Cryptography Paves Way to Personalized Medicine
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Extreme Cryptography Paves Way to Personalized Medicine

The dream for tomorrow's medicine is to understand the links between DNA and disease—and to tailor therapies accordingly.

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak on the Apple Watch, Electric Cars, and the Surpassing of Humanity
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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak on the Apple Watch, Electric Cars, and the Surpassing of Humanity

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is concerned about what rapid advancements in artificial intelligence will mean for the future of humanity. 

Obama, Wowed by Young Scientists, Announces New STEM Pledges
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Obama, Wowed by Young Scientists, Announces New STEM Pledges

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday announced more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of science, technology, engineering, and math. 

Better Debugger
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Better Debugger

Researchers last week unveiled a new algorithm for identifying integer-overflow bugs. 

Smarter Smart Grids
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Smarter Smart Grids

North Carolina State University researchers are using cloud computing resources to analyze smart grid data.

Me, Myself, and iCub: Meet the Robot With a Self
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Me, Myself, and iCub: Meet the Robot With a Self

Researchers at the University of Sheffield's Sheffield Robotics program are trying to give their iCub robot an artificial "self." 

How Crashing Drones Are Exposing Secrets About U.S. War Operations
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How Crashing Drones Are Exposing Secrets About U.S. War Operations

Crashing drones are spilling secrets about U.S. military operations.

Rewriting the Rules of Turing's Imitation Game
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Rewriting the Rules of Turing's Imitation Game

We have self-driving cars, knowledgeable digital assistants, and software capable of putting names to faces as well as any expert.
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